Posted : 2/2/2009 10:03:45 PM
Here is my email question to the supplier:
Hi, I have joined this website but have not actually placed an order yet.
I have a couple questions regarding the 40 lb case of beef/organ mix. The
description indicates it is marked with charcoal. I assume this means it is
unfit for human consumption. Can you tell me what the source of the beef
is? Also, how much charcoal would be used to mark each chub?
The first respose I got was not terribly helpful:
We use 2 oz of water and charcoal in a 400 lb batch of pet food. The charcoal is completly innert and harmless to your pet. Our beef is all completly USDA inspected for human use.
So.......... I asked again:
Thanks for getting back to me.
Could you please tell me the reason that this particular product is marked with the charcoal? Somebody else suggested that the charcoal indicated it would not be fit for human use. If that is not the case...why is it marked ? Since I have not purchased from you as of yet, I just need some education on your products.
The second response was actually from a different person responding to my inital inquiry:
Actual you could eat it if you wanted to, there is not bone in the
beef/organ mix . The marking is for the in house use at the plant because
human food is processed there also. The amount of charcoal is dependant on
the USDA inspector on duty the day the mix is made. None of the charcoal
will hurt animals; it is the least harmful of any marking material. You can
buy charcoal tablets for your pets if they ingest something they shouldn't.
The beef is the same as used in the other human products, most being USDA
Choice or Prime.
If you are uncomfortable with this you can just buy a case of ground beef
and a case of some organ meat and mix it on your own. That way there would
be no charcoal in it.
I never did hear back from the second inquiry to the first person. I am satisfied that the beef is of good quality. I do think the 20% organ is too high. Now I just need to figure out the freezer space !